Bulky luggage at busy MTR

2011 AsianCorrespondent.com

Take cab or MTR to the airport? I was thinking while planning to fly back Taiwan few weeks ago with a heavy and big luggage.

In Hong Kong, if you don’t have a car, MTR would be one of the best transportations to travel everywhere. Today, MTR it accommodates hundreds of thousands of passengers daily, and rush hour surge of workers and students during peak times, a wrong step in the escalator or a failed attempt to squeeze into a train full of passengers could cost a limb and a dose of embarrassment.

When more customers take it, more accidents will happen. Sometimes, accidents come up with those passengers who usually carry their big luggages at the subway station. For example, nearly one in every five escalator mishaps are caused by passengers who carry heavy luggage. Existing regulations request passengers with bulky luggage — oversized luggage, stripe bags or baby strollers — to use a nearby elevator. But occasionally, I observe people taking the supposed faster route to subway trains by using the escalators instead of going out of their way and take the lifts.

In busy stations like Hung Hom, Kowloon Tong and Central, these are most stations that you will see foreigners and tourists, espeically like young children. So far there were 307 recorded MTR accidents from January to May 2011, a 10 per cent drop from the same period last year. But those involving bulky luggage increased from 39 to 58. I think there is no amount of reminder like “please hold the handrail” and “please use the lift if you’re carrying baggage” to prevent incidents from happening.

I assume most people can find the lifts by either asking many ambassadors or information centers at the station. After all, escalator is mainly for passengers, not for bulky luggages, isn’t it?

About shaolinh

Shaoling Hsu holds a B.A. in Computer Science Studies from Taiwan and is currently a first-year M.A. candidate in the Communication Management program at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communication & Journalism. She has traveled many countries, including China, Singapore, U.S. and Canada. She is proficient in Mandarin, Taiwanese, and fluent in English.
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